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Preseason Week 1 Game Recap

Game Recap

Well, we’re one week into the Preseason. The Vikings beat the Colts 13-3 Friday night. Like I mentioned before, winning and losing doesn’t mean much for the preseason, but we did see some important things.

Vikings vs Colts

SAGE ROSENFELS LOOKED GOOD
He went 10 for 13 for 91 yards. He looked sharp and he looked comfortable. I really like how they had him running plays. He was taking a 3 to 5 step drop and getting rid of the ball quickly. They also mixed in a lot of play action. If they keep up this kind of play calling in the regular season, it would take away some of the pressure on the running game, because opposing teams would have to have more guys back in coverage. I really liked what I saw.

OUR STARTING DEFENSE LOOKED GREAT
Of course the Colts were playing a very vanilla game plan, but in the first series, Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, and Fred Evans all had a sack. Peyton Manning was sacked 3 times. He got off 2 passes, and completed 1 of them for 6 yards.

Actually, the defense looked strong all night. Even the reserves were putting pressure on the quarterback. That was nice to see.

OUR SPECIAL TEAMS LOOKED MUCH MUCH BETTER
This one was very important. Our special teams was awful last year. Against the Colts they looked fast and sharp. That gives me tons of hope.

ALBERT YOUNG LOOKED GREAT
Like I said before, Albert Young is not going to be one of those guys that has break away speed and scores a 90 yard TD (although many would say the same about Chester Taylor, and he has a 95 yard TD in his stats), but he’s a good solid runner. Friday night he played great. He was patient and waited for the holes, and as soon as they open he bolted through. He averaged over 4 yards a carry. I think he’s going to make the team, and I think he’s going to contribute as much as a 3rd stringer can. I have to assume he would’ve ran even better if he would’ve had the first stringers blocking for him.

THE FIRST YEAR LINEMEN LOOKED GOOD
First year starting center John Sullivan and rookie right tackle Phil Loadholt played some extra time even after the other starters sat down. Sullivan looked like he’s going to do just fine this year. Loadholt made a couple rookie mistakes, causing Tarvaris Jackson to have to run for his life a time or two, and he had one really bad false start, but I chalk those up to first game jitters. When he was on this game, there’s no way anyone was going to get around him. He’s a LARGE man, and he moves very well.

Other notes….

Tarvaris Jackson did not look good. At all. However, to be fair to him, Sage had a better line and a MUCH better supporting cast around him. Tarvaris spent some time being chased by defenders, and he had receivers that weren’t as experienced. Sage looked much much better, but I’ll reserve my final judgement until next Friday when I see how Tarvaris plays with the starters, and how Sage fairs with the backups.

Percy Harvin didn’t play at all. He had dinged his shoulder up a bit on Wednesday, and the Vikings decided to err on the side of caution. I think that’s just fine.

Bernard Berrian left on a cart, but Coach Childress acted at half time like it wasn’t as serious as it looks. I still haven’t found out the extent of the injury. Hopefully he’ll be fine.

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IT’S GAME TIME: Preseason Week 1 Preview: Vikings at Colts

Game Preview

THERE IS A VIKINGS GAME TONIGHT!!!!

Man, am I ever pumped up. I went to a Twins game at the dome yesterday (ugh, but they lost), and tonight I get to watch the Vikings on TV. Good times, I tell ya. Gooooooooood Times.

Anyway, sorry about the excitement. Moving on.

Vikings At Colts

Tonight the Vikings will go to Indianapolis to play the Colts for the first preseason game of the year.  Of course when it comes to preseason, winning and losing doesn’t matter very much.  Instead we want to keep an eye on how the returning players have progressed from last year, and how the new players are going to fit in.  Here’s what I’m personally going to be watching for:

HOW SAGE ROSENFELS PLAYS
This  will be the storyline for the first quarter of tonight’s game.  For the first time in quite a long time, the Vikings have a legitimate quarterback battle taking place going into the season.  It was announced that tonight Sage will get the start with the first team, and next week Jackson will get those honors.  Each of them will basically have probably a quarter of football to impress the coaches to try to win the job.  I’m going to guess there will be a lot of passing going on, and hopefully we’ll get a good chance to see how Sage interacts with guys like Berrian, Shiancoe, and Harvin.

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WILL HARVIN HAVE?
Speaking of Harvin, will the Vikings be able to work him into the offense tonight even though he’ll probably see limited action?  I seriously doubt we’ll see any wildcat formations tonight, as I’m going to guess that if the Vikings decide to use that package they’ll save it for the regular season.  However, I’d love to be wrong, because I think it’d be exciting to get a glimpse of what our guys can do with exotic lineups.

WHICH DB WILL STEP UP?
Will it be Benny Sapp, who has all kinds of athleticism, but not always the greatest head for the game?  Will it be Marcus McCauley who has played in the system for a while and has some valuable game time experience?  Will it be rookie Asher Allen who has been reported as a very aggressive DB who is not afraid to hit hard and take the ball out of receivers hands?

HOW WILL ALBERT YOUNG LOOK?
I don’t know if this one will interest you a lot, but as I’ve pointed out many times, I’m a big fan of Albert Young.  Chip Scoggins said on ACCESS VIKINGS that he was progressing well through training camp.  I’d love to see him become our #3 RB for this year.  To me he could fill the type of role held in the past by Mewelde Moore or Moe Williams… never the kind of backup who is going to step up and take over a game, but instead the kind of guy who you can rely on to fill whatever role he’s needed for.  Albert Young is an up-the-middle type runner who would be usable in short yardage situations.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can return kicks and punts, and he can play special teams.  I hope he makes the roster.

WHAT ABOUT JOHN DAVID BOOTY?
I’m interested in watching Booty play tonight.  I know that he’ll be playing with the third team, because he’s really not in the race for the starting QB position at all, but I really want to see how he’s progressed.  Last year he looked shaky, even playing against 3rd string defenses.  He’s had a whole year of practices now, and he’s most likely more comfortable with the Vikings system.  He should most likely get to play the entire second half tonight, which will be valuable playing time for him.  I’d like to catch a glimpse to see if it looks like a chance that he can be developed into a starting QB someday, or if he’s going to be one of those players that just turns into a solid backup.

Enjoy the game everyone, and HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

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